2016 Kabaddi World Cup: 5 Talking points from the India vs Iran final
The final of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup was a stellar showdown between the two powerhouses of the sport - India and Iran, but it was India who emerged on top in the nail-biting encounter with the scoreline of 38-29.
India had a forgettable first half, where Iran had secured a lead, but it was followed by a brilliant and undoubtedly unforgettable second half, where India staged a mighty comeback on the back of Ajay Thakur’s onslaught.
#5 India’s conservative style of play in the first half
There was a lack of an aggressive approach in the Indian attack in the first half, and they relied on the do-or-die raid, which more often than not did not go in their favour.
With Pardeep Narwal and Ajay Thakur on the bench, courtesy of unsuccessful raids, where they failed to clinch any touch points and forayed deep into the Iranian defense, the onus was on Anup Kumar to bail the team out of trouble.
However, all he could manage was the rare bonus point from the left corner manned by Fazel Atrachali, which was not enough. Even when Rahul Chaudhari and Nitin Tomar came on as substitute raiders, they too perished in front of the Irani wall, and consequently, the Indian team suffered an impending an All-out in the first half itself.